Canon 50mm 1.8 lens

My first additional lens (to the 28-135mm that I bought with my Canon 30d) is a Canon 50mm 1.8 prime.  It's an inexpensive lens that came highly recommended by a friend of mine.  I decided to get it because it is a "fast" lens, meaning that it has a large aperture (1.8) that lets more light in.  I wanted to try it out for indoor pictures that are typically not in the best of light.  My hope was that it would allow me to get shots without having to use a flash all the time.  Here's one of the pictures I took of Lucy, one of our poodles.

Shutter: 1/13 (on tripod)
Aperture: 2.0
ISO: 200
No flash

This lens is teaching me a lot about depth of field - specifically that there isn't much at wide apertures!  There is a nice soft blur around the subject.  The lens is a little slow to focus and I have been using manual in darker settings because it tends to hunt too much.  Can't complain too much though, as a little black dog is hard to auto focus even with the USM focusing in my 28-135mm.  The only real bad part about this lens is that the focus ring is so small!  Also, it doesn't allow full time manual focus, so you have to switch it between auto and manual with the little switch on the side.  It feels very cheap, being all plastic, but these little suckers get great reviews so I'm not too worried.  It did cost only $99, which is practically free in the world of lenses.  In spite of its Cracker Jack build, it's a nice piece of glass and I'm able to capture pictures that would have been almost impossible with my 28-135mm without a flash.   Chloe was kind enough to help demonstrate in my darkish office with overhead incandescent lighting at night.

Shutter: 1/20 (pretty slow for hand held!)
Aperture: 2.8
ISO: 400
No flash

Here's one more shot at a smaller aperture to show a little more depth of field.  Chloe is probably getting a little annoyed with the new toy!

Shutter: 1/250
Aperture: 8
ISO: 100
Flash bounced off ceiling

For the price, this is a nice little lens.  One of these days, perhaps my photography skills will be good enough to warrant an upgrade to one of the bigger brothers to the 50mm 1.8 - the 1.4 or (gasp) the 1.2!  In the mean time, I'll have fun playing with the "fantastic plastic" 50mm.